Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2018 6:05 am


Original Member
Last Online: February 22, 2018
Birthday: May 23, 1970
Country: United States
Yep - I'm a blogger!
I'm a KEEP Collective designer
Oh wow - I've got a podcast!

About Me

Note: I take my role as swapper and hostess very seriously here, meaning I don't flake or send late. Having said that, I do NOT take this all so seriously that I feel the need to belittle or berate people who don't send me a letter or a postcard or a bag of craft stuff. I don't see the point and it's not how I operate. I'm not going to put a wall of shame on my profile to point out people who have flaked on me. That's what the rating system is for. I'm not going to check every postmark and rate someone low if the postmark date is a bit late. We're all adults and should act accordingly. And honestly, in the grand scheme of things, it's mail. IT'S JUST MAIL.Keep things in perspective and you'll be a lot happier. I guarantee it.

Updated: I'll reiterate everything I said above, but with emphasis. THIS IS JUST MAIL. Seriously. There's war and famine and disease and struggle in the world. THIS.IS.JUST.MAIL. Save the drama for the things in life that are truly worth of it.

  • Michelle
  • Mom
  • Wife
  • Prince fan
  • Pug Mom
  • Blogger
  • KEEP Collective Senior Designer
  • Bookworm
  • Genealogist
  • Trivia Buff
  • Music lover
  • Traveler
  • Francophile
  • Yoga amateur

And here's the link to my blog: Mama Bear Said So

Favorite Music

  • Prince (all-time favorite)
  • Lady Gaga
  • Michael Franti
  • George Michael
  • Sheryl Crow
  • U2
  • John Lennon
  • Bob Marley
  • Sia
  • Paramore
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Queen
  • Green Day
  • Death Cab for Cutie

Favorite Movies

  • Gone with the Wind - all-time favorite!
  • Purple Rain
  • Braveheart
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Young Frankenstein
  • History of the World Pt. 1
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Jerk
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Life of Brian
  • The Hunger Games
  • SuckerPunch
  • Fight Club
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Yes Man
  • Chocolat
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Amelie
  • Grease
  • The Lego Movie
  • Anchorman
  • Dirty Dancing
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Brave
  • Inside/Out
  • Also, love most of the Disney & Pixar animated films & I love scary movies!

Favorite Television

  • Broad City (my new addiction!)
  • The Walking Dead
  • Downton Abbey
  • Weeds
  • The Strain
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • United States of Tara
  • The Tudors
  • Intervention
  • Orange is the New Black
  • American Horror Story
  • Dracula
  • The First 48
  • You're the Worst
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Project Runway
  • Seinfeld
  • Game of Thrones

Favorite Crafts

  • Journaling (especially Smash journals and junk journals)
  • Collage
  • Mail Art
  • Pocket Scrapbooking (like Project Life)

Favorite Books

I'm a bookworm and I always have been, so my list of favorites would be a mile long, but here are a few:

  • Gone With the Wind
  • Practical Magic
  • The Witching Hour
  • Interview With the Vampire
  • The Vampire Lestat
  • Lasher
  • Practical Magic
  • Talk Before Sleep
  • The Freedom Manifesto
  • How to Be Idle
  • How to Be Free
  • The Idle Parent
  • The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Hobbit
  • Say When
  • Blackbird House
  • The Ice Queen
  • The Story Sisters
  • The Shining
  • The Green Mile
  • Bridget Jones' Diary
  • The Shopaholic series
  • Gerald's Game
  • Misery
  • Radical Self-Love and a million others...

My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, Gillian Flynn, John Green, Anais Nin, Dorothy Parker and Tom Hodgkinson. I love chick lit (esp. Brit chik lit), thrillers, non-fiction, true crime, horror, and literature.

Stuff I love

I'm downsizing and really don't need or have space for a lot of extra stuff, so don't feel that you have to send extra goodies with a swap. However, if you have anything related to Paris or France or Prince or foreign language or vintage ephemera - I'd be happy to have it. I'm also interested in Buddhism and paganism. Thank you!


If, for some reason, you do not receive something from me and I am one of your swap partners, PLEASE be sure to contact me and let me know. I have NEVER flaked on a swap in my life and I don't intend to start anytime soon. But if you don't get something from me and I've marked my items as "sent", let me know and I'll resend right away. Thank you :)

I am a really tolerant, easygoing person, but communication is very important. If something crazy happens, let me know and we can work something out. If I don't hear from you, I have no choice but to assume you're flaking. I don't post flakers on my profile because I prefer to handle things privately.

I'm a firm believer in everyone's right to believe as they wish, however, I don't have any wish to discuss politics or religion. I appreciate religious art and imagery and I'm interested in the study of different belief systems, but I don't need to be converted to anything. Thank you for respecting that. :)


Ryleighsmom rated for MJS: Classroom Valentine Swap on Feb 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute swap!
kfaye rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you :D Happy Valentine's Day<3
bb2 rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for helping me fill my Valentine basket. I'll open it on the 14th. Happy Heart's Day to you!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Wow -- lots of Disney, even the stamp! I love the sloth stickers too. Thanks, and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the Moana valentine, itโ€™s my new favorite movie to be honest. Thank you for the extras too!
Comment: Thank you so much! Loved Moana! The goodies are awesome too I can't wait to use them in my journal! ๐Ÿ’
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you! Opening on Valentines Day!
Comment: The journal arrived this morning. I LOVE the journal itself and what is in it and the extras. Thank you very much. So glad that you have set up a group for these.
AZmom875 rated for MJS: Magpie Journal Supplies on Jan 25, 2018
Comment: What an awesome envelope of fun items. Thank you.
Comment: Wow wow wow! Such a lovely journal, obviously a lot of thought was put into it and it showed. Thank you!
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! <3
LowRain rated for Pick 3 Swap on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: thank you for the cool swap! I've already been to blueq to see what it's all about-I dig it. And i agree, that is a weird book-I'm curious about it now. Thank you again for such a fun swap! happy swapping to you!
Comment: Michelle, your magpie journal makes me so happy! I'm inspired & intrigued. Thank you for sharing your talent & goodies ;-)
Comment: Most amazing Magpie Journal ever!! Thank you so much Michelle your creativity and the time you put into this journal is wonderful. I enjoyed every page and getting to know you better. Thank you for the swap-bot flair too. :) Hope we can swap again some time.
Response: I am so glad you liked it! You are most welcome. I hope we can swap again, too!
kfaye rated for Samhain Altar Box (New) on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: I wish I could give you a million hearts. I am so touched by everything you sent me & I just happen to need the particular stones you sent me right now in my life. I also enjoyed your letter and we have much in common. I love your wrapped smudge stick & the fact that you grew all of it yourself! I never knew chestnuts were called Buckeye, haha! I will treasure all of this! You mentioned us being each other's partners, but I sent to Kdgaurd...maybe she sends to you? Anyways, I look forward to the swap where I get to send to you! <3 <3 <3
Response: Oh, I am so glad you liked everything! I don't know how I thought you were sending to me! Lol But hopefully we can swap again! Take care! xoxo
Comment: Hi Michelle, thank you so much for the lovely magpie journal! So much to see and full with little extra's. One heart is definitly not enough. It felt like a birthday gift. I LOVED it! I will certainly look through it many more times. I also want to congratule you!!!!!!! Enjoy it when the time is there!!!! Wish you all the best!
Response: Thank you so much! xoxo
Arabella rated for Magpie Journal U.S. - Summer 2017 on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Amazing journal, Michelle! So many pages, many hours of fun reading and looking at pages!! (Also love all of the extra goodies hidden in the journal!) Thank you so much - for the journal and for hosting!
Response: You are welcome!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 857 40 42
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GeeLuv on May 15, 2017:

for the awesome magpie journal swap!

lou on May 1, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

kittyhahahotbot on May 27, 2016:

kittyhahahotbot on May 27, 2016:

lou on May 16, 2016:

Happy birthday month from WIYM group!

blueapplegallery on Apr 9, 2016:

I apologize that this is late but thanks for angeling the drunken pen pal swap. :) You are an an awesome host!

Zoebolt on Feb 23, 2016:

Thank You SO much for the B*tchfest swap letter! I loved the inserts!!

Sandara333 on Feb 21, 2016:

Fell into your profile, LOVE your Anais Nin quotes!!

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2016:

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